In an ongoing effort to support our local communities, Southwest Shipyard has again participated with the City of Houston in training sessions designed to improve the skills of its first responders, who protect the citizens of Houston & the business entities along the Houston Ship Channel.
To assist the Houston Police SWAT Team & Helicopter Airborne Division conduct a maritime based “anti-terrorism” drill scenario and at the same time receive Federal qualifications for Maritime Anti-Terrorism credit, Southwest Shipyard allowed the use of its newly acquired Brady North property for the SWAT team to “assault a vessel that was held by terrorists”. The vessel, owned & donated by Zentech Incorporated, was assaulted by air & water teams and the “terrorists” were neutralized at the same time that the injured persons received emergency medical care.
In another event later in the month, the Houston Fire Department High Angle rescue team again utilized the Southwest Shipyard west yard tower crane to train & test procedures for high angle rescue techniques. This 150 foot crane provides a realistic platform to train rescue personnel & hone the fine skills required to respond to a victim, treat them, and then get them down without using the ladders & stairs available to civilians.
Southwest Shipyard demonstrates our commitment to our municipal partners by allowing our first responders to train using the full range of our extensive facilities.